Zusakhe Fayi from the Centre of Science and Technology in Khayelitsha takes his turn at the podium to talk about his experiences at MOT’s AGM in Pinelands last week. Waiting their turn in the background are sitting from left, Milile Banzi (Spine Road High School, Mitchell’s Plain) and Amy Green (College of Cape Town, Wynberg campus). Standing from left is Wayne Fortuin (Northlink College, Parow campus),Gary Speelman (False Bay College, Fish Hoek campus) and Vernon Herman (Northlink College, Parow campus).
Life in South Africa is not without its
challenges and the new generation of future leaders need courage to make that
positive contribution to the future.
An organisation helping to instil that courage is MOT South Africa,
a registered and leading public benefit and non-profit organisation specialising
in life skills development among the youth.
With its programmes the organisation works with the youth in a
structured learning environment, teaching young people to make conscious life
choices that will enable them to develop to their full potential and to show
MOT hosted its annual general meeting in Pinelands last week and it
was obvious that the project was making a major difference in the lives of young
people across the peninsula.
Wanda Moller, CEO, explains that their training programmes give
young people the strength to manage peer pressure, to believe in themselves and
to take responsibility for their own lives and future.
“MOT (pronounced “moet”) is the Norwegian word for courage. We
focus strongly on the development of self-confidence, sound values, positive
attitude and behaviour, self leadership and to resect and care for others,” she
“Our life skills education programmes are annually offered to
12 500 youth at all the TVET Colleges and 23 high schools in the Western
“These programmes focus strongly on empowering the youth to make
conscious choices, to develop their potential and to be active and responsible
citizens and leaders among their peers and in their communities.”
When some of the participants in the programme shared their
experiences, it was easy to understand why the activities are a stepping-stone
to success and empowerment.
Amanda Qamngana, a student at College of Cape Town’s Wynberg
campus, explains that it was difficult to put the experience in a
“I am one of the young people who face many challenges in life, but
after I went to the Young MOTivators training camp, I came back a different
person,” she says.
“It has changed my life because now I am hungry for success, I am
hungry for change and I want to be good in everything I do.
“I’ve learned the importance of making my own choices with the
courage to care and courage to love in a warm, safe, loving and fun environment.
I met crazy but very smart individuals.
“I am an introvert and I was so scared about how I was going to
cope with meeting lots of new people, but I had the greatest time ever.”
Pumela Mahleza, a Grade 10 learner at Buren High School, speaks
about how the programme gave her the opportunity to embrace others.
“The programme helps you to reflect on who you are as an
individual, as a person and how you embrace others,” she says.
“It also helped me to adjust to high school better and gave me
confidence to try and better myself in my school work. After I was in a car
accident, I went through physical and emotional trauma, which caused me to close
“MOT gave me a chance to re-evaluate my life and learn to live with
new values. I have a sister who looks up to me and the programme has allowed me
to be the best role model to her and my peers.”
For more information about the organisation click here.